The applications of Augmented Reality are quite a few. The AR technology could be used in almost all aspects of our lives and particularly in allowing one to see and explore objects, as if they were in front of him.
AR is particularly useful in shopping and choosing consumer products. While online shopping has its limitations through the use of the Augmented Reality technology one can now see consumer products in in full size regardless of where he is. One is then able to make wiser decision when purchasing products, and not be tricked by the current limitations of online shopping which only allow the user to see photos of the product of interest.
Example: We all know how difficult it is to choose a product solely based on pretty photos of it. In fact we are often disappointed when a consumer good does not turn out to be what we expected based the images we saw of it and its brief description. They say a photo is worth a thousand words. Well, Augmented Reality is worth more than that because you can actually experience objects in 3D. A great example would be Augmented Reality’s application in furniture and home decorations. Through the use of AR customers can now make sure that a products is exactly what they expect by placing it in their. The same is true with being able to visualise all products without going to the store, regardless of whether they are shoes, jewellery, or electronics.
Visualising architecture projects no longer requires the creation of scaled physical 3D model. Through the use of Augmented Reality you can visualise and explore all architectural models regardless of their complexity. Moreover any changes made to that projects could easily updated while that is not the case with real life physical models. In addition showing anyone the models you want them to see just requires the download of an application and a smart phone or tablet.
Through the use of Augmented Reality artists can now display their artwork in a new amazing fashion. Not only can they create new digital art accessible to anyone but they can also transform their old art into 3d models that can then be seen in real size by anyone. The possibilities of augmented reality art are really countless.
This is perhaps one of the fields where AR can be used in a truly amazing way. Students will be able to visualise all kind of things that were previously inaccessible to them, like the human anatomy, wild animals, physics elements, fossils, and ancient artefacts.
The smartphone and tablet gaming industry is constantly growing and the technical improvements in those devices now allow us to invent more and more ways of playing games. The augmented realty technology can be implemented in amazing way thus creating a whole new category of games; the Augmented Reality games. AR games will enable us to merge the digital and the real world into a whole new game experience, where one uses digital 3d objects and real world object to play.
Culture and Tourism:
It is needless to say that AR can be used in amazing ways when it comes to tourism and culture. When visiting foreign cities one could easily through the use of their smartphone or tablet device explore all kinds of aspects of the city. One would just need to scan different markers throughout the city to access information in different digital forms, from music to video, 3d models and even virtual guides.